About the Elvin Samuel McGaughey Music Foundation

Elvin Samuel McGaughey

In 1983, Miriam (Mimi) McGaughey, a Glendale pianist and teacher, founded the Elvin Samuel McGaughey Music Foundation in honor of her husband, who had been a loyal supporter of young piano students for much of his lifetime.

Initially, funds were provided through the efforts of local high school students who were members of the Clef Cleb. Eventually, at Mimi’s passing, the foundation received a legacy from her, a way to realize her longtime dream of encouraging the love of music and excellence in piano performance among children.

Every year since 1983, grants have been awarded to outstanding young musicians. In 1988, the foundation formally established its scholarship program as the Glendale Piano Competition. These students have represented the finest talent in our part of the country. Many have pursued their musical studies at prestigious schools. Their ongoing contributions to others continue in their performing and teaching today.

In addition to providing awards for the Glendale Piano Competition, the foundation has funded special programs for the California Music Teachers’ Association and other groups focused on bringing music into the lives of children. It has also provided pianos for some of the high schools in the Glendale-Foothills area and for Brand Library.

Photos of Elvin and Mimi, as well as some previous competition winners, are available at our Facebook page.

The 2016 – 2017 Elvin Samual McGaughey Music Foundation Officers are

President and Trustee – Sharon Townsend

Treasurer – Yvette Davis

Honorary Board Member - Edward Francis

Honorary Board Member - Ann Pearson

Honorary Board Member – James Ramos

Executive Assistant – Erin Rushforth